Asia - Herons & Stilts and other water birds

On this page you will find pictures of herons, stilts and other water birds photographed by me at Bali (Indonesia) and in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Little Pied Cormorant - Kleine Bonte Aalscholver
  2. Purple Heron - Purperreiger
  3. Intermediate Egret - Middelste Zilverreiger
  4. Little Egret - Kleine Zilverreiger
  5. Pacific Reef Egret - Oostelijke Rifreiger
  6. Pacific Reef Egret - Oostelijke Rifreiger (white)
  7. Chinese Pond-heron - Chinese Poelreiger
  8. Java Pond-heron - Javaanse Ralreiger
  9. Cattle Egret - Koereiger
  10. Striated Heron - Mangrovereiger
  11. Yellow Bittern - Chinees Woudaapje
  12. Painted Stork - Indische Nimmerzat
  1. Asian Openbill - Indische Gaper
  2. White-breasted Waterhen - Witborstwaterhoen
  3. Beach Thick-knee - Strandgriel
  4. River Lapwing - Indische Sporenkievit
  5. Red-wattled Lapwing- Indische Kievit
  6. Little Ringed Plover - Kleine Plevier
  7. Javan Plover - Javaanse Strandplevier
  8. Whimbrel - Regenwulp
  9. Common Greenshank - Groenpootruiter
  10. Common Redshank - Tureluur
  11. Red-necked Stint - Roodkeelstrandloper
Little Pied Cormorant
Kleine Bonte Aalscholver
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
11 October 2011
Purple Heron
Purperreiger
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
11 October 2011
Intermediate Egret
Middelste Zilverreiger
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
15 October 2011
Little Egret
Kleine Zilverreiger
Lumphinipark, Bangkok, Thailand
19 January 2013
Pacific Reef Egret
Oostelijke Rifreiger
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
4 February 2013

Pacific Reef Egret (white morph)
Oostelijke Rifreiger
Klong Muang Beach, Krabi, Thailand
20 January 2013

White morph Pacific Reef Egrets are very similar to Chinese Egrets. The main differences are:
P. Reef Egret has noticeably shorter legs than Chinese Egret. In Chinese Egret the eyes are set noticeably above the gape; in P. Reef Egret they appear lower and closer to the bill. Chinese Egret has a dagger-like bill while P. Reef Egret has a more droopy-like shape and the upper mandible sometimes appears to overlap the lower mandible at the tip.

Chinese Pond-heron
Chinese Poelreiger
Koh Lanta, Thailand
29 January 2013
Java Pond-heron
Javaanse Ralreiger
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
13 October 2011
Cattle Egret
Koereiger
Petulu, Bali, Indonesia
16 October 2011
Striated Heron
Mangrovereiger
Pemuteran Beach, Bali, Indonesia
23 October 2011
Yellow Bittern
Chinees Woudaapje
Rommani Village near Khao Sok NP, Thailand
25 January 2013
Painted Stork
Indische Nimmerzat
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
27 February 2004

 

Asian Openbill
Indische Gaper
Rommani Village near Khao Sok NP, Thailand
25 January 2013

According to the one and only (good) local bird guide Gai (which means "chicken" in Thai), this was his first sighting of an Asian Openbill in the area. I found a group of at least 25 foraging in a pond and later landing in a tall tree.

White-breasted Waterhen
Witborstwaterhoen
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
16 October 2011
Beach Thick-knee
Strandgriel
Brumbun, Bali Barat National Park, Bali, Indonesia
22 October 2011

River Lapwing
Indische Sporenkievit
Rommani Village near Khao Sok NP, Thailand
25 January 2013

The River Lapwing (formerly called: Asian or Indian Spur-winged Lapwing) has a spur (a small claw) hidden in each of its wings.
The bird is known to sometimes use the wing-claws in an attack on animals who get too close to the birds' exposed offspring, but they are also used during duels with fellow RiverLapwings.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Indische Kievit
Rommani Village near Khao Sok NP, Thailand
25 January 2013

 

Little Ringed Plover
Kleine Plevier
Rommani Village near Khao Sok NP, Thailand
25 January 2013

Left is the female; right is the male.

Javan Plover
Javaanse Strandplevier
Pemuteran Salt Pans, Bali, Indonesia
21 October 2011
Whimbrel
Regenwulp
Koh Lanta, Thailand
29 January 2013
Common Greenshank
Groenpootruiter
Pemuteran Salt Pans, Bali, Indonesia
21 October 2011
Common Redshank
Tureluur
Kuta area, Bali, Indonesia
11 October 2011
Red-necked Stint
Roodkeelstrandloper
Pemuteran Salt Pans, Bali, Indonesia
21 October 2011
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